North Crow River News community calendar

Author Stew Thornley

APRIL 11 — Author Stew Thornley will give a presentation for adults, teens and preteens 10 and older at the St. Michael Public Library Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thornley is an author of books on sports history for adults and young readers. He is an official scorer for home games of the Minnesota Twins, and his first book was “On To Nicollet: The glory and fame of the Minneapolis Millers.” He also enjoys visiting the graves of notable people and is the author of “Six Feet Under: A graveyard guide to Minnesota.” This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Llama Llama Read-A-Rama

APRIL 13 — Preschoolers and toddlers are invited to a Llama Llama Read-a-Rama at the St. Michael Public Library Saturday, April 13, 11 to 11:40 a.m. Celebrate with Llama Llama books, stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library. The attendance limit is 40 and preregistration is required. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.

Antiques appraisal fair

APRIL 13 — An Antiques Appraisal Fair presented by the Hanover Historical Society is Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon at Hanover City Hall. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.; first-come, first-served. Door prizes awarded throughout the morning. Antiques Appraisal Fair. Appraisals will be performed by Appraisal Specialists Midwest’s Bonnie Lindberg and James Marrinan. Cost is $5 for up to two items. Free refreshments for all. No firearms, dolls, fine art, jewelry or large furniture. For more information, contact Claudia Pingree at 763-498-8435 or [email protected]

Girl Scouts bingo

APRIL 14 — Rogers Area Girl Scouts is hosting Bingo Sunday, April 14, from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at the Rogers Activity Center (next to the High School). Bingo cards can be purchased for $5 each or three for $10. Bring the family and win some great prizes. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Any girls interested in joining Girl Scouts can register at the Bingo event.

STMA board

APRIL 15 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board meets Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the high school board meeting room, 11343 50th St.

Albertville council

APRIL 15 — Albertville City Council meets Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave.

Hanover council

APRIL 16 — Hanover City Council meets Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at city hall on 11250 Fifth St.

Sons of Norway presentation

APRIL 16 — The Vestland Lodge Sons of Norway will host a presentation, “What life was like in 1,000 A.D. for our ancestors” by Jan Smith Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. Smith will tell the stories of early life in Norway when men went out as Vikings and the women were left to guard and keep the hold. Info: 952-994-3174.

Half-Step Vocal Concert

APRIL 17 — Adults, teens and children are invited to a performance by vocal group The Half-Steps at the St. Michael City Hall Council Chambers Tuesday, April 17, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Half-Steps have been entertaining Central Minnesota audiences for more than 12 years. Their set list runs the gamut from barbershop to doo wop to Elvis and Dean Martin. The attendance limit is 40 and registration is required. This event is co-sponsored by the Crow River Senior Center. It is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.

Spring variety show

APRIL 19 — Fine Arts Council of St. Michael-Albertville is hosting a spring variety show, hosted by professional magician/emcee, Fred Baisch, Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at STMA Middle School West auditorium. The line-up includes dancers from two area studios, the Life in Christ bell choir, the Moorman family bluegrass band, student musicians, the Maple Lake Clown-Arounds, as well as jazz musician, Joyce Lyons, and folk musician, Rena Haus. The price of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. For a $2 discount on all advance tickets, visit the Albertville Coborns or call Community Ed at 497-6550. All proceeds will be shared between the Hanover Food Shelf and the Arts Council.

Lions breakfast

APRIL 21 —The Crow River Lions of Hanover are having a stuffed hashbrown breakfast Sunday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. at Hanover City Hall. The hashbrowns are stuffed with a choice of ham, bacon, cheese, onions and mushrooms. Also included is scrambled eggs, muffins, juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $7 per adult, $5 child or $20 for a family. Proceeds are donated to area charities.

Three Rivers Progressives Forum 

APRIL 23 — There will be a Three Rivers Progressive Forum Tuesday, April 23, at Dehn’s Country Manor, 11291 Fernbrook Lane N. in Maple Grove. Dinner is a 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Darby Nelson, author of the book, “For the Love of Lakes,” will speak on the state of our lakes, especially in the northwest metro. Nelson, who has a PhD in aquatic ecology, will tell the story of the journey he undertook to write “For the Love of Lakes,” which started at Dayton’s Diamond Lake. Hosts are Sharon and Jerry Bahensky, Judy and Dick Nelson, and Susan and John Manrodt. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]

Rogers council

APRIL 23 — Rogers City Council will meet Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room at 21201 Memorial Dr.

St. Michael council

APRIL 23 — St. Michael City Council will meet Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr.

Izaak Walton League

APRIL 23 — The Breckenridge Chapter House of the Izaak Walton League of America invites the public to discuss the film “Hooked on Growth” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. The film examines the question of overpopulation and how to become a sustainable civilization. The event is at 8816 W. River Road, Brooklyn Park. More information is available ate 763-421-6781.

Corcoran council

APRIL 25 — Corcoran City Council will meet will next meet Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116.

Empty Bowls

APRIL 25 — On Thursday, April 25 at the Crown Room at The Wellstead of Rogers from 4 to 7:30 p.m. area churches, businesses, schools, and organizations hosts an Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger where guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants. Guests are also invited to shop for beautiful, handcrafted bowls made by local artists, community members, and area students. There will be entertainment provided by area musicians and school students. Admission is free, but there is a $5/person suggested donation for the soup dinner. 100% of all proceeds benefit CROSS Food Shelf which serves the communities of Rogers, Dayton, Corcoran, Maple Grove, West Champlin, and Osseo.


APRIL 26 — Kerumoto is Friday, April 26, 3:30 to 9 p.m. at Monticello Community Center warehouse room. Free, join for games, fellowship, and fun. Kerumoto is a safe, supervised, drug-free event where local youth 12 and older gather to play games, make friends, and just be themselves. Rated E for Epic! For more information or directions contact Director Mike Hughes 612-414-3219 or visit

Crisis Nursery 

buffet, music, auction

APRIL 26 — April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. In honor of and to benefit children in the community, the Crisis Nursery serving Wright County is hosting its 15th Annual Spring Fund-raiser Friday, April 26, at 6 pm at the Buffalo Civic Center, Buffalo. The venue includes a BBQ Buffet (6 to 7:30 p.m.) catered by Red’s Catering of Montrose, live music by local band Crows Feet, a raffle for dollars, and a large silent auction followed by a live auction featuring many crowd pleasing items.  Cost for the evening is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Sponsorships of $100 or more provide free tickets to the event. To order tickets, donate an auction item, or for more information, contact Jill Gatzke at 763-271-1674. Tickets are also available at BJ’s Deli in Buffalo or from any committee member. Also check out

Life of a Soldier

APRIL 27 — Adults, teens and pre-teens 10 and older are invited to a presentation on The American Civil War and the Life of a Soldier Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Michael Public Library. The program will be presented by Arn Kind. As well as being an experienced teacher, he is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling. The group is known for its authenticity and has appeared in many documentaries and films including “Dances With Wolves” and “The Blue And The Gray.” The attendance limit is 50 and registration is required. This presentation is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For additional information, contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.

Lions smelt fry

APRIL 27 — The Hanover Lions annual Smelt Fry is Saturday, April 27, at the Hanover City Hall, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the 38th year of the Smelt Fry, which is known as one of the best in the state. Enjoy all the smelt you can eat along with all the fixings and plenty of refreshments. There will be live musical entertainment from 4 to 7. All proceeds from this event are returned to the community through various activities and contributions.

Spring salad luncheon

APRIL 27 — St. Michael Council of Catholic women Spring Salad Luncheon is Saturday, April 27, from 11:30-3:30 p.m. at the St. Michael Catholic Church Gathering Space. Featuring a vintage wedding gowns style show. All are welcome, adults $8, children under 10 $4.

Stomp Out Hunger 5k

APRIL 27 — A Stomp Out Hunger 5k walk/run benefiting the CROSS Food Shelf is Saturday, April 27, at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers with 8 a.m. registration 8:30 a.m. start and 9:30 a.m. kids race. Register at Non perishable food drive donations are accepted. The course starts and ends at Word of Peace, taking runners and walkers down 129th Avenue to Elm Parkway then south through the residential neighborhoods. For more information contact Tim at 458-1656 or email [email protected]

Dylan Elsnes benefit

APRIL 28 -— A benefit for Dylan Elsnes, 16, of St. Michael is Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the St. Michael American Legion. Dyaln was diagnosed Jan. 10 with cone cancer in his upper right calf and will have 29 weeks of chemo and surgery to remove 6 inches of his fibula. Good will donations will be taken at the door. Join for kids games, taco/burger bar, meat and prize raffle (50-inch TV, Nook HD Tablet and $250 in cash), and featuring music by Devon Worley, with cameo by Chris Thorsen. Raffle ticket donations are $5 each or 5 for $20. Make checks payable to Dan Elsnes. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets in advance (need not be present to win), contact Mike Reger, 612-360-1463, or email [email protected]

Couponing 101

APRIL 29 — STMA Women of Today are hosting a “Couponing 101: How to Save Money on Your Basic Needs,” a presentation by Emily Goldsberry, Monday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Community Bank in Albertville, 11102 57th St. RSVP not needed by recommended. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth at [email protected] or call 688-3420. For more information about STMA Women of Today, see

Rogers tennis fund-raiser

MAY 2 — The Booster Club of the Rogers  High School Tennis Teams  is inviting you to attend a Wine and Beer Tasting  Event that will be Thursday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rogers  Community Center, 21201 Memorial Dr. Join for a fun filled  evening with friends and enjoy some wine and beer sampling hosted by Rogers Wine and Spirits. Light appetizers will be served and door prizes given out. Admission tickets are only $15 if purchased prior to the event or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Dawn Sperr at 763-428-1563 or go to Rogers Wine and Spirits. Must be 21 to attend the  event.

Rogers Revue

MAY 3 — The Rogers Hassan Senior Friendship Group will host its fifth annual Rogers Revue, a showcase of local talent, Friday, May 3, at Word of Peace Church in Rogers.

The event is a fund-raiser by the group to help fund senior programs. Harold Trombley is producing the program and will emcee. Michael Sahlen, the music director for Word of Peace, is also recruiting talent for the show as he has done each year. The number of acts will include a variety of musical instrument selections, singing performances and will include the popular Quarter to Three country western band. The Accordion Band, which first performed last year, will return this year. Tickets can be purchased in advance as well as at the door. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students 6 to 12, and under 6 free.

Linda Johnson benefit

MAY 4 — A benefit walk/run for Linda (Holthaus) Johnson is Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Albert Parish Center, 11458 57th St., Albertville. Cost of $20 per person includes t-shirt. Register online at (search for Linda Johnson). Same day registration and check in begins at noon. Holthaus Johnson is a lifelong member of the St. Michael/Albertville community with many family and friends in the area who are looking for an opportunity to help her and her family as she suffers through ALS. Also featuring a spaghetti dinner, $500 cash raffle drawing, prize raffle drawings and cash bar. For more information contact Bonnie at 497-3981.